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Sex Equality in the Boardroom

Patrick Burns | 17:43 UK time, Friday, 1 April 2011

This week's Politics Show revealed that of 31 seats on the boards of the Midlands' three FTSE 100 listed companies only four are occupied by women.

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has set an ambitious target that by 2015 at least 25% of all company directors should be women.

It's fair to say our region has a long way to go. So is his objective attainable or is it no more than a pious hope?

That was one of the questions I posed to our line-up of three leading women in politics; Margot James, the Conservative MP for Stourbridge, who had a highly successful career in business before she entered Parliament last year; the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston Gisela Stuart was herself the beneficiary of her party's all-women shortlists when she was one of the 'Blair Babes' who took Westminster by storm in 1997; and from Shropshire Council Heather Kidd is a member of her party's business policy team.

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